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Roots thickened, fleshy. Rhizome stout, sometimes clump-forming, often surrounded by a dense collar of persistent fibers from disintegrated leaf bases. Leaves usually rather few 10 and laxly tufted, sometimes more numerous and dense, linear-lanceolate to linear, 5-25 cm long, 3-10 mm wide. Scape 3.5-40 cm tall. Raceme 3-20 cm long, densely to laxly 4-40-flowered, rachis pubescent. Flowers distinctly pedicellate; pedicel 2-10 mm long, pubescent; bract and bracteole borne at or near apex of pedicel; bract lanceolate to narrowly linear-lanceolate, 3-20 mm, 4 times flower length, glabrous, apex obtuse to rounded. Perianth dark red, red, pink, orange, yellow, greenish yellow, or white, 3.5-6 mm, glabrous; tube campanulate; lobes usually recurved, sometimes erect, oblong-ovate to lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 mm long, 0.8-1.5 mm wide, 0.6-1 times tube length, apex obtuse to rounded. Capsule ovoid-ellipsoid or ovoid-conical, 4-6 mm long, 2.5-4 mm wide, apex of valves gradually narrowed; style to 0.5 mm; stigma thickened.